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Cortland Scout makes Eagle rank

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 4:31 p.m. CDT

DeKALB - Alex Cohen, a member of Boy Scout Troop 33 chartered at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, was recently presented the Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Alex is the son of Jack Cohen and Debbie Hermanson Strejc of Cortland.

Cohen first entered scouting in 2002 with Cub Scout Pack 173 sponsored by St. Mary School in DeKalb. He earned the Arrow of Light Award, the highest honor in the Cub Scout program. In 2007, he crossed over into Boy Scout Troop 33.

He attended numerous campouts and activities in every season, highlighted by several summer camps at Camp Lowden in Oregon, Illinois.

Cohen served in various leadership positions as a Scout. He earned 24 merit badges. He is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society.

His Eagle project involved replacing an old, weathered pedestrian bridge at the St. Mary School playground with a new and improved bridge. The new wooden bridge is handicapped accessible and provides students with a safe crossing point over a drainage area to the school playground.

Cohen is a 2014 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School. He will be attending Carroll University in Wisconsin.

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